Steenhuisen said he wants Ramaphosa to imagine what the Farmgate scandal looks like to an ordinary South African.
“What should a hard-working, taxpaying citizen make of a remote farmhouse where tens of millions of rand in foreign currency have been stuffed into the upholstery of the sitting room furniture? What should such a citizen think when told that more than R60m of this hidden cash was stolen, and that the president didn’t want anyone to ever know about it?
“That he had the suspects tracked, rounded up, interrogated and paid off to keep their mouths shut?”
Steenhuisen said normal law-abiding South Africans who save for months to buy ordinary things could not begin to imagine that kind of money. “But you didn’t even report it to the police. Never mind getting it back, you didn’t want anyone to know it ever existed.
“Just how much money do you have stashed away if you can afford to turn a blind eye to $4m? What should the average South African citizen make of this, Mr President?”
While Ramaphosa claimed everything was above board and that he had broken no laws, stuffing millions into couches, hiding the robbery from the police and paying the robbers hundreds of thousands of rand to not say a word were not the actions of someone who has broken no laws, said Steenhuisen.
“These are the things we see in mafia movies, about cartels, syndicates and gangsters.”